Several years' ago I had the chance to go to the flea market in Paris, France and picked up several tissue paper stereo view cards. They're so hard to find, due to their fragility. I'm listing a few for sale, those that are special. If you're the buyer, you're in for a treat.
Tissue views are a type of stereoptic card, which is hard to find, due to the delicate composition. Photographic images were printed on very thin paper, known as tissue paper. This images were then backed with another thin piece of paper that could be tinted, by hand, in colors. When viewing the images without a light source they look 'black and white', however, when viewed thru a strong light source behind the view the colors came thru. Some were pricked or pierced to create the effect of lighted candles or lamps, lights in buildings, the moon, stars, etc. Imagine the delight when held up to the light! (I was TOTALLY DELIGHTED to realize this!)
This particular card is labeled 'la Grotte de Lour des Entree' and translated means the entrance to the Lourdes Grotto, which is one of the locations where it is believed that the Blessed Virgin Mary's apparition was witnessed. It appears to be sepia tone, however when placed under direct light one sees a 'red cast' at the entrance of the grotto, as well as the Virgin Mary lit, with what looks to be a cross in her hands (not visible in the picture). The reverse side does show a marking in that spot.
It measures 6 3/4" by 3 3/8". It has had a label affixed at the lower right hand edge. The matting is light orange, which is worn and faded, however, very faintly, the words 'Vues de Pyrenees B.K.' can be seen, surrounded by scrolls and swirls.
It is very old, and taking this into consideration, it is in good but not mint condition. The frame is intact and hasn't split from it's layers. There's a tear in the left tissue paper picture (lower left hand side) and the writing on the frame is worn with a few water spots. The backs of the tissue paper pictures are in very nice condition with the one tear showing thru and one other very small slit.
These tissue paper stereo cards are so hard to find, and rare. I'm happy to have a few that are in this condition.
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